Lesley King

MSc (Distinction) Climate Change: Managing the Marine Environment, Heriot-Watt University 2011;

MSc (by research) Behavioural Ecology, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2003;

BSc (Hons) Zoology University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 2001. Member of Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (MIEEM)

Lesley is an experienced development M&E consultant and project manager with a particular focus on ODA funded grants-based programmes focusing on biodiversity conservation, poverty alleviation and climate change. Lesley’s experience includes design and strengthening of M&E frameworks, theory of change, logframes, indicators, qualitative and quantitative data collection tools, and data analysis plans. In addition to design, Lesley has skills in undertaking evaluations – both field-based and desk-based meta-analyses.

She is additionally experienced in using the results of M&E to support refinement of development programmes including the design and implementation of applications cycles to ensure future projects are more likely to succeed. She has additionally used the results of M&E to support capacity building for grantees (and funders) including facilitating lessons learning and knowledge sharing through a multitude of platforms including workshops, interactive online learning resources and social media.

She has worked extensively in Africa, the Indian Ocean, South Pacific and Caribbean and has an interest in coastal and marine ecosystems and their relationship with human development.

Lesley has experience in: Bahamas, Brazil, Cyprus, Egypt, Ethiopia, Fiji, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Morocco, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, UK.


  • Performance Evaluation: Improving Market Systems for Agriculture in Rwanda (IMSAR)
  • Program Evaluation of the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP)
  • Monitoring, Evaluation and Administrative Manager of the Darwin Initiative and the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund
  • Darwin Initiative Evaluation of Closed Projects in India and Nepal
  • Mid Term Review of Buffer Zone Restoration and Development in Knuckles Forest Reserve
  • Evaluation of Closed Darwin Initiative Projects in Brazil
  • Evaluation of Closed Darwin Initiative Projects in Morocco and Egypt
  • Assessments of Applications to the International Development Fund Malawi and South Asia
  • Preparation of Community Development Component of Harapan Rainforest Initiative
  • Evaluation of Closed Darwin Initiative Projects in Madagascar
  • Achieving Triple Wins: Identifying Climate Smart Investment Strategies for the Coastal Zone
  • Monitoring and Evaluation within Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation
  • National Performance and Benefit Measurement Framework
  • iCoast: Understanding the Fiscal and Regulatory Mechanisms Necessary to Achieve Climate Compatible Development in the Coastal Zone
  • Design of the Community Development Trust Fund Climate Change Programme
  • M&E of the Earth and Sea Observation System